As October heat makes way for a slight nip in the air, those susceptible to upper respiratory tract infections, particularly asthmatics, should be careful, warned city doctors.
On Thursday night, the Santacruz observatory recorded temperatures of under 20°C —below normal for this time of the year. Humidity levels too have gone down.
The doctors are already seeing a steady stream of patients complaining of cough and cold because of the change in weather. “Many children are coming to us with colds that routine remedies are having no effect on. Quite a few children are complaining of shortness of breath as well,” said Dr Sanjay Pathak, consultant pediatrician, Kohinoor Hospital, Kurla.
People with respiratory problems such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease are at greater risk.
In the meantime, doctors continue to see malaria and dengue cases, albeit not as many as they saw during the monsoon. “During winter, the mosquitoes tend to come indoors. Some cases of malaria and dengue are still being reported,” said Dr Pathak.